Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In memoriam, Rose J. Fortuna

It is with sadness and great respect that we share the passing of Nick Fortuna's beloved mother, Rose. Here from the Chicago Sun is her obituary tribute. Rose J. Fortuna Obituary
Fortuna, Rose Josephine (nee Coffaro) Age 97. Beloved wife of the late Anthony; loving mother of Frank (Lynn), Nick, and Anthony (Cammy); cherished grandmother of Mark (Tina), Karen (Mario) Alfonso, Tony (Katherine), Nick V., Dimitri; and great-grandmother of 8; dearest sister of the late Vince Coffaro, the late Esther (the late Tony) Pusateri, Katherine (the late Accurso) Solano, Grace (the late Reno) Quilici; loving sister-in-law of Marie (the late Sam) Fortuna; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Friday, August 1, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL.

Funeral Saturday 10:15 a.m. to St. John Brebeuf Church for 11:00 a.m. Mass. Entombment All Saints Mausoleum. Rose was a seamstress graduate from Washburne Trade School. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Rainbow Hospice appreciated. Funeral info: 847-966-7302 or Published in Chicago Sun-Times on July 30, 2014 - See more at:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ron Onesti and co-host Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams on "Backstage with Ron Onesti" on WGN-FM

One of the nice things about two Chicago guys getting together to talk is that it usually involves good food, to go along with the good conversation. Chicagoland boasts one of the best food groups in the world, the group being "hot dogs." A Chicago dog may involve a lot of things. Here's a periodic table that helps you with the condiments of what goes into a 'real' Chicago dog:

                                                       Courtesy of Vienna Beef

So when Ron Onesti and Carl Giammarese got together, where else would be a great spot for a Sunday afternoon than Gene & Jude's, located at 2720 River Road, River Grove, IL 60171 ( Now check out all the restaurant reviews online and see where Gene & Jude's uses the natural casing Vienna Beef dog, and then follow the instructions on the table above when you live out of state, or make sure to put this place on your list the next time you're in Chicagoland for a visit.

But you can't have the dog without the fries. The discussion of french fries is also what Carl and Ron talk about, in addition to rock and roll music and good times.

If you missed the original broadcast, of Jul. 11, 2014, listen to a clip here, courtesy of WGN-FM.

Photo courtesy of Onesti Entertainment, Used with permission.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carl Giammarese and Gale Sayers help Chicago Cubs celebrate 60s weekend

It's not every day that a kid from Chicago grows up watching TV and one day is on it, playing music as part of a band that will become important first in Chicago, and then will see national acclaim, including days of recording songs on a prestigious record label and then finding yourself looking at a red light belonging to a camera live on CBS's "The Ed Sullivan Show." It's also not every day that a kid can go to Wrigley Field with his dad and younger brother to watch the Cubs play baseball, and then grow up to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the team. Also, to be included in the same weekend celebration with Gale Sayers (#40) one of the greatest legends ever to play Chicago Bears football is simply surreal. That's what it was like last week for Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams, surreal and splendid, a day to remember forever, July 11, 2014.

Read the full story, including the video of Carl's pitch (thanks to Susan Rakis, Advance/Production Coordinator for The Buckinghams), for filming that historic pitch! Click HERE for the full story.

                                                    Photo by Susan Rakis, The Buckinghams